Skin Cancer Awareness Seminar “Keep It Covered”

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On August 11, 2013 The Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund in conjunction with The Modified Dolls – New Mexico Chapter hosted a free seminar that extended exclusively to all tattoo artists, body piercers and shop owners in Albuquerque and its surrounding areas. The focus of the seminar was to to offer valuable information and materials for artists to use in educating and promoting the necessity of keeping inked and virgin skin protected from UV rays in the ongoing fight to prevent skin cancer. The goal of Shannon’s fund is to provide education, early prevention, treatment and diagnosis of skin cancer throughout New Mexico and its under-served communities. Donations were provided by local business for a silent auctions where all funds raised went directly to The Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund at the UNM Cancer Center, a 501(c)3 charity.

You might ask yourself..."why tattoo artists?"

Tattoo artists work with a wide variety of clientele and see more skin than other professions; each of whom they tell to keep their tattoos covered with sunblock once it is healed to keep the colors vibrant. We felt as though it was necessary for tattoo artists to be more educated about skin cancer and the negative effects of UV Rays.

"Keep it Covered"

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July 25, 2013

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Contact: Stephanie Flores, 505-881-6500

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Modified Dolls Help Lead Fight

Against Skin Cancer

Guys and Dolls alike will benefit from an upcoming seminar for tattoo artists and tattoo shop employees.The free seminar will offer information and materials to educate clients and promote the necessity of keeping skin protected in the fight against skin cancer. The seminar will take place from 1-3 p.m. August 11 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW Albuquerque. The event is being sponsored by the Modified Dolls − “the different making a difference,” − charity group and Jeff and Evy Diamond, founders of the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund. Proceeds from a silent auction will benefit the UNM Cancer Center. Nancy Armijo, with UNM Cancer Center, will be speaking at the event.

The Modified Dolls are a non-profit organization that supports a variety of local charities. The organization’s goal is to “demolish the negative stereotypes associated with being a modified woman by doing charity work.” Recent Modified Doll efforts around New Mexico have included feeding families at the Ronald McDonald House Charity, a bike run to benefit the Carrie Tingly Children’s Hospital and Joy Junction, fundraising for the American Cancer Society, fundraising for the World Wildlife Fund and much more.

“I read a feature article about some of New Mexico’s Modified Dolls, and I felt they’d be an excellent group to work with,” said Jeff Diamond, a New Mexico attorney. “It doesn’t matter if you have no body modifications or a thousand of them, having the right information to protect your skin from skin cancer is the right thing to do.”

“I'd say as a former tattoo artist myself, I believe it's important to learn as much as possible about the skin you are working on,” noted Miranda Davi, head doll of the New Mexico Modified Dolls. “We need to be aware of the danger signs. As a Modified Doll, we have taken on the responsibility to bring awareness to our community.”

“A tattoo or another form of body modification is a work of art,” Diamond added. “With this seminar, we aim to provide Albuquerque and New Mexico’s most responsible tattoo artists and shop employees with valuable information to protect that work of art – and the beautiful person beneath it.